Yomiuri Giants right-hander Koji Uehara has given up on his plans to move to the major leagues this season through the posting system and is set to sign a new deal with the Central League club, it was learned Wednesday.
“We have reached an agreement on a basic annual salary,” Yomiuri club representative Hidetoshi Kiyotake said at the Giants’ training camp in Miyazaki.
“We’ve repeatedly told him that a move from Yomiuri to the majors (through the posting system) would be impossible. Uehara suggested some other ways (of moving) but there were unrealistic,” added Kiyotake.
Uehara, 29, refused to comment before Wednesday morning’s training session but said on his Web site that “this season’s contract negotiations have dragged on and I will be signing in the coming days.”
Kiyotake had already rejected any arrangement that would auction the five-time All-Star to the highest bidder.
He said Wednesday that Yomiuri has no intention of using the posting system but added he would be open to discussing a move to the majors with the player in the future.
Uehara had been in talks through his agent to revise his current contract but said he has made his intentions clear on a move to the majors.
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